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  • Building Systems Upgrades

    This page details Sustainable Strategies to consider as your space undergoes a building system upgrade to improve energy, water use, and occupant co...
  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • Recycling Bottles

    Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for up to 6 hours.

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  • Sense of Place

    What makes a workplace special? What fosters a sense of attachment, engagement and identity? These are the kinds of questions that underlie the ...

Light Shelves

Light shelves are architectural elements designed to bring more natural light into a space. They are usually installed above eye level and have highly reflective surfaces which reflect sunlight onto the ceiling and throughout the space.

Whole Building Systems

  • IEQ - Daylight

    An effective daylighting strategy sufficiently illuminates the building space without subjecting occupants to inconvenient glare or light level fluc...

  • Lighting - Optimize Daylighting

    Large windows can provide daylight to interior spaces, but the daylight can be best used when complementary technologies are employed. Lighting cont...

  • Lighting - Green Tips Impact

    Design windows to allow daylight to penetrate as far as possible into the space. Consider using light shelves to reflect daylight off the ceiling an...

  • Lighting - Energy Use

    By consuming 17% of the building’s total electricity consumption and further influencing overall energy demand by the waste heat it emits, lig...

Materials

  • Interior Light Shelves

    Interior light shelves direct daylight deep into a space by bouncing natural light from the light-colored shelves up to the ceiling, where it is r...
  • Shades

    Shades are window coverings that block or reduce sunlight penetration through windows. Shades are available in different operational styles such as ...
  • Blinds

    Blinds are versatile window coverings. Blinds block or reduce sunlight penetration through windows. They are made with either vertical or horizontal...